Tuesday, Mar. 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: Once again, we had mostly dry and calm conditions during the daylight hours yesterday, but the breeze picked up and the predicted precipitation arrived just before sunset. Rain totals were between a half and a tenth of an inch, heaviest in our northern section, while the strongest winds blew in the southern section. High temperatures came in in the upper-50s with Yachats almost nailing a 60F. Skies stayed overcast and it rained on and off (mostly on) throughout the night, the mercury dipping into the upper-40s. At daybreak, it was overcast with light rain and a southerly breeze 15-25 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,700′, overcast @ 3,600′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 12 G 24 mph/Pressure: 29.56”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/29mph/0.56”
Depoe Bay: 54F/47F/27mph/0.36”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect now through 4:00pm this afternoon. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60-65 mph near beaches and headlands. In coastal communities, south winds 25-35 mph with gusts 50-60 mph. Winds will increase this morning and continue through a good part of the afternoon, likely causing travel difficulties on roads such as Highway 101 along the coast, as well as for high profile vehicles such as trucks and vehicles pulling trailers. The winds may also cause tree damage and local power disruptions.
Forecast: True to the old adage, March is definitely coming in like a lion with strong winds and rain today, high around 55F. An easing breeze and showers are expected tonight, low near 45F. Rain developing tomorrow, southeast winds gusting 30 mph and a high of 55-60F. Outlook is for rain or showers every day for the next week or longer, with a possibly potent storm this weekend. Seasonal temperatures and occasionally breezy conditions are projected during the entire 10-day forecast. We’re going to need some serious changes if March is to go out like a lamb.
Travel: Highway 101 has been reopened north of Florence; ODOT crews have cleared the landslide. In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 45-50F in the passes; rain today and a High Wind Warning is in effect for gusts to 55 mph, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations have a Wind Advisory in effect, gusts to 40 mph are expected, rain, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, southeast winds gusting 30-35 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have bare pavement this morning, temps are 45-50F; rainy and windy today, the snow level is at 6,000 feet, but dropping below the passes tonight to 3,000 feet, with 1-4 inches of snow possible, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: S winds are already blowing 25-35 knots this morning as a gale arrives in local waters; seas are rough 12-footers at just 8 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening. S winds today 25-35 knots gusting 40-45 with combined seas 14 feet building to 20 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 35, easing to S 10-15 knots gusting 20 after midnight, swells 17 feet at 11 seconds subsiding to 14 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze comes from the SE tomorrow 20-25 knots gusting 30 with seas 10-13 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 20-30 knots gusting 35 or higher Thursday through Saturday, swells 12 feet building to 18-22 feet late in the week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, extremely breezy, surf 12-17 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches as these areas may be periodically inundated by surf today. Never turn your back on the ocean.
03/01 Tue 11:40 AM 1.97 L
03/01 Tue 06:05 PM 5.67 H
03/01 Tue 11:11 PM 3.84 L
03/02 Wed 05:40 AM 7.52 H
In Short: Mostly rainy and sometimes windy all week.